Budding Refs Program

Refereeing is a fun and exciting way to be involved with football.

Not only do you get to see all the action from the best position on the field but refereeing will keep you fit, while meeting new and interesting people, and earning money at the same time.

Refereeing also allows you to watch and learn skills from other players, build confidence and responsibility, and also getting a greater insight into the game.

Our People

Galia Hartman

Galia Hartman

Budding Refs Coordinator

0466 579 577

Galia makes the match appointments and organises Budding Ref pays.

Stewart Howell

Stewart Howell

Budding Refs Coach / Mentor

0419 322 122


Stewart is qualified FV referee with a passion for bringing on future generations of referees.

Adrian Booth

Adrian Booth

Budding Refs Assessor

Adrian currently referees NPL and State league matches. He provides feedback to budding referees to let them know any possible areas for improvement.

Aims of the Program

  1. To contribute to the development of the game by introducing the next generation to the benefits of refereeing.
  2. To contribute to the smooth easy running of Glen Eira home matches for parents and players by removing the requirement for parents to ref their own kids matches.


To express interest in joining Glen Eira’s Budding Referees program, please click on the link.

  • You need to be at least 12 years old
  • You don’t need to be a member of Glen Eira FC
  • Applications are welcomed from both boys and girls.
Limited Spots

The number of Budding Refs in the program will be capped at 150% of the available jobs.
On one hand we want to ensure the available Budding Refs get enough jobs to make it worthwhile.  At the same time we don’t want to run out of Budding Refs when numbers are down.


To support our Budding Refs and consolidate and enhance their knowledge and refereeing skills, the club provides free training courses throughout the season for members of the Budding Referees program.

Glen Eira’s Referee Mentor will assist budding refs with feedback on their performance and help them get through the courses.

Starter Courses

  • Thu 15th April 2021 11:00am – 12noon
  • Fri 23rd April 2021 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Prior to attending it is expected that you have learnt the rules.
U8-U9 matches > www.gleneirafc.com.au/rules89
U10-U11 matches > www.gleneirafc.com.au/rules1011

Ongoing Education Sessions

  • #1:  Sat 1 May 2021 1:30pm (60 mins)
  • #2:  Sat 15 May 2021 1:30pm (60 mins)
  • #3:  Sat 26 June 2021 1:30pm (60 mins)
  • #4:  Sat 24 July 2021 1:30pm (60 mins)

Budding Refs are reminded bring your whistle.

The training courses are an important and essential component to the ongoing development of a Budding Referee.  All currently enrolled Level 4 and Level 3 Budding Refs are required to attend. L4 & L3 Budding Refs not in attendance will receive reduced match appointments until they can next attend.

Attendance for Level 2 and Level 1 Budding Refs is optional, but still highly recommended.  


Access the latest version of U8-U11 Rules under the MATCHES menu of the club website.


Glen Eira Budding Refs enjoy the following benefits

  1. They get paid.
    Payment is made via EFT direct bank transfer.
  2. They are provided with a Budding Refs top.
  3. They get matches allocated for most of the times when they indicate they are available.
  4. The club will cover the cost of any FV REFEREE courses they undertake.
Budding Ref Payments

Match Days

  1. You must wear your Budding Refs top.  It must be tucked in.
    If it’s very cold then you can wear your BR shirt over the top of a jumper or hoodie. 
  2. Optionally you should also wear black or dark shorts, black socks and predominantly black boots.
  3. You must turn up 15min before kick-off to ref your matches.
    If you don’t turn up on time, there will be a lot of people are stressing about where you are and looking for someone to cover for you. Therefore if you are late (or a no-show) will miss out on being allocated matches in a future round.

Budding Ref Availability

  1. Budding Refs must submit the Budding Ref Availability Form by 6pm Wednesdays
  2. Budding Refs are advised of their allocated matches by 12pm Fridays

Becoming an FV Ref

Minimum steps to start getting appointments as a Green Shirt FV Ref.

  1. Turn 13yo.
    No exceptions (just ask Bennie).
  2. Pass the online laws of the game test.
    See www.playfootball.com.au/referee/laws-of-the-game
  3. Attend an FV Level 4 Referee course. Cost is $125 but the Club will cover this cost for active members of the Glen Eira FC Budding Ref program.
    See ‘Upcoming Courses’ at www.footballvictoria.com.au/resources/referees/become-a-referee
  4. Register with FV as a ‘First Season Referee’. No cost.
    See www.footballvictoria.com.au/resources/referees/registrations-appointments
  5. Attend at least 2 x Level-4 Practical Training Sessions.
    Listed at bottom of www.footballvictoria.com.au/resources/referees/branch-meetings
  6. Purchase your uniforms (see p11 of Referee Handbook)
  7. Purchase your equipment (whistles, cards, flags, watches, etc.)
  8. Sign up for a Schedula account. Load your availability into Schedula.
    See support.sportstg.com/help/getting-started-with-schedula
  9. Appointment queries? Email centralbranchappointments@gmail.com

See also the FV Refs page.